Category Archives: Opera

The Red Shoes—A Great Film by the Archers
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You may have seen the 1948 classic movie, The Red Shoes; lots of people have. If not, don’t miss this movie if you care about ballet or any of the other performance arts. The Red Shoes is a British film … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann–A Good Filming, a Great Performance
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The 2002 performance of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at the Opera National de Paris, Bastille, released on DVD in 2004, is a masterful performance of a masterwork by a master composer. Conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the part of Hoffmann … Continue reading

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Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann
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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) is an opera composed by Jacques Offenbach (picture at left). To my thinking it’s not only his best, it’s one of the best operas ever written by anyone, a masterwork. It’s a shame … Continue reading

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